Video Game Reviews,  Video Gaming

Observer: System Redux (Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5, PC)

“Observer: System Redux is the next gen remake of the cyberpunk, detective thriller set in the year 2084 in Krakow, Poland. The world lies in ruins with corporations seizing power after the fall of governments. You do their bidding. No lie will remain hidden from you, as you hack into the minds of those you interrogate. When your past catches-up, you must act on your own and unravel the mystery of your son’s disappearance. Your name is Daniel Lazarski, you’re an Observer.”

Gameplay

Full disclosure, I’ve never played the original version of this game. So to me, I walked in completely blind to this remake of Observer.

Observer, at its very core one might call it a simple walking simulator, but to me it was so much more satisfying than any walking simulator I’ve ever experienced. It was truly immersive. That is due to this very detailed world and scenario the Bloober Team has put together. While fascinating, there is absolutely no way I’d want to live in this world, but for just a few hours, I get to explore this nightmarish cyberpunk fantasy.

There is an investigation/mystery element to this game. One investigative element is that you get to enter the minds of people you’re interrogating and experience what is absolutely one of the most mind boggling fever dreams you’ll ever witnessed. Bloober Team absolutely nailed this part.

My only small criticism is there were a few parts that I got stuck in trying to figure out due to lighting or what have you. I was able to work past that but be prepared for a few frustrating moments here or there.

Another drawback with it being a walking experience, its length is around 5 to 6 hours.

Audio

The audio in this game is perfect. The audio cues are on point. The minimalistic soundtrack add to the immersive experience. I didn’t see any drawbacks. I think some sort of award or acknowledgement should be given to the developers on the audio.

Visuals

All of the next gen buzzwords we’ve been hearing for the past year are here. 4k resolution, raytracing for the lighting, 60 Frames per second…. by golly, they are all here. It works amazing too. Absolute graphical eye candy. My only drawback is perhaps some areas were too dark to find my way through a puzzle. I did work past them though.

Recommendation

I give it a strong recommendation. While it’s a bit pricy at the moment for newcomers with the content you are given, the content that is there is strong. If you have the original version on Steam, you are offered a deep discount as well, so that would be hard to pass up.

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